A tangled web of allegiances, marriages and friendships binds the Line of Tirkhor together, even as individual desires, political ambition and external pressures threaten to tear it apart. The line consists of the three offspring of Tirkhor and their families, loosely ruled by the word of the eldest son of Tirkhor, Adrazor, Prince of Belfalas, a small Fief in Western Gondor between the rivers Ringlo and Gilrain. Of the other issue of Tirkhor, the youngest son Edrahil and his own sons are the Seers of Gondor, guardians of the three Palantirs, whilst Tirkhor's daughter, Miriel, is married to Maeglin of Morthond, another Fiefdom of Gondor, situated to the North of Belfalas.
The Line of Tirkhor, then, might be seen to consist of two inconsequential Fiefs and a family of Seers. So it is not immediately obvious either why or how the Line has managed to remain neutral throughout over a decade of civil war in Gondor.
The reasons lie in the tapestry of interwoven political and blood ties that bind the Line of Tirkhor into the fabric of Gondor royal society. Lothriel, daughter of Adrazor, is married to Castamir's son, whilst the Line of Tirkhor has long held vows of faith to the Line of Minalcar, and so now to Valacar.
These ties both enable Prince Adrazor to avoid claiming for either faction, and also mean that each is unwilling to press the matter, else risk the Prince favouring the other. In addition, the rulers of Gondor have ever been forced to rely on the Seers of Tirkhor in order to wield the power of the Palantirs, so that Castamir is unwilling to completely cut himself off from the possibility of utilising the information they provide. Though the fact that, unwilling to risk the palantirs coming to harm in the strife, the Seers have recently removed both themselves and the Palantirs from Orthanc, Minas Anor and Minas Ithil to a hidden location where they might be kept safe, has hardly served to foster good will between Tirkhor and Castamir. But perhaps most importantly of all, Prince Adrazor has at his command the only units of heavy cavalry in Gondor. So that whilst increasingly desperate to have use of these forces, equally, Castamir cannot risk them being used against him, so dares not force the Prince's hand.
So, then, the Line of Tirkhor has managed to tread the delicate line between Usurpers and Loyalists, with Adrazor unconvinced of either Castamir's ability to rule or Eldacar's right. But as Castamir grows increasingly desperate for aid in repelling the forces of Eldacar, and as Eldacar's need for support from western Gondor with which to crush the Usurper between east and west grows, that line is becoming ever thinner. And it seems almost inevitable that there will come a time when the Line of Tirkhor must finally chose a side, or perish between them.
Starting Gold: 59,280
Capital: Lond Ernil (Located at 2227)
These are not starting characters, but are detailed here as suggestions for characters to name during the game.
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